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Netherlands Travel Restrictions

76,98% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 76,70% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the Netherlands.
Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter the Netherlands without restrictions.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from the Netherlands for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Netherlands entry details and exceptions

Unvaccinated travelers are not allowed to enter the Netherlands. Entry restrictions do not apply to Dutch, EU, and Schengen citizens and legal residents, family members of EU and Schengen citizens with some rules, travelers in transit in a maximum of 48 hours to a non-Schengen country and fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination.

Travelers must have documentation to prove their exemption.

Travelers are required to present a COVID-19 access pass to enter restaurants, bars, concerts, cinemas, etc. Travelers may download the CoronaCheck app and use it as a COVID-19 access pass after uploading documents on it such as a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery. This requirement does apply to travelers under the age of 13.


Outgoing travel to the NetherlandsTravelling from South Africa to the Netherlands

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 48 for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 24 Antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to the Netherlands.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Unvaccinated travelers arriving must have a negative NAAT or antigen test result. The NAAT test must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure to the Netherlands. Tests accepted are PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA, or mPOCT. Alternatively, antigen tests taken a maximum of 24 hours before departure are also accepted. Travelers have the option to present proof via EU Digital Certificate. The negative test result must be in one of the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish. This requirement does not apply to fully vaccinated travelers, travelers from EU with proof of recovery, travelers under the age of 12 and ross-border workers or students.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering the Netherlands.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

All travelers aged 13 years and older are required to fill out a health declaration before departure to the Netherlands.

Quarantine Form

Travelers from Philippines, Afghanistan, Anguilla, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Eswatini, Fiji, French Polynesia, Georgia, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Lesotho, Malaysia, Martinique, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela are required to fill out a quarantine declaration form before departure to the Netherlands.

COVID-19 Access Pass

Travelers are required to present a COVID-19 access pass to enter restaurants, bars, concerts, cinemas, etc. Travelers may download the CoronaCheck app and use it as a COVID-19 access pass after uploading documents on it such as a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery. This requirement does not apply to travelers under the age of 13.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from the Netherlands

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from the Netherlands must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions
traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from the Netherlands are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Details and exceptions
Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.
Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for the Netherlands

Masks:Required on public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

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